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Ahead of his European trip, President Donald Trump has supported British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he tries to negotiate a withdrawal agreement with the European Union. “That’s a very tough bargain they are driving, the European Union. We are going to see if we can work something out,” President Trump said on Wednesday. The U.S. President will be in France this weekend to attend the annual Group of Seven (G-7) summit.
The comment came as Prime Minister Johnson met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to find a solution to the Brexit impasse. With just 70 days to the October 31 deadline, Germany and France are refusing to renegotiate the Brexit terms offered by the EU. In case the EU fails to offer a better deal, Prime Minister Johnson has threatened a no-deal Brexit, ending existing trade and immigration agreements between London and Brussels.
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Chancellor Merkel refused to offer any assurance to the visiting British Prime Minister on Wednesday. Today, French President reiterated a similar position while receiving premier Johnson at the Champs-Élysées. Germany and France are offering a united front to force Britain to accept the terms offered by the EU. “Have no doubt that the French and German positions — and elsewhere — are the same. There’s not the thickness of a cigarette paper between us,” a French presidency staffer confirmed.
New agency Reuters reported today’s talks between President Macron and Prime Minister Johnson:
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French President Emmanuel Macron firmly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to negotiate a wholly new Brexit divorce deal.
On his first foreign trip since winning the premiership a month ago, Johnson warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron that they will face a potentially disorderly no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 unless the European Union does a new...
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